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Laura Hanson Schlachter University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Laura Hanson Schlachter is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her scholarship and teaching focus on environmental sociology, social movements, and economic sociology. As a mixed methods researcher, Laura has directed the first national survey about workplace democracy, interviewed activists seeding a regenerative economy in Appalachia, and collaborated with village leaders to improve walkability in rural Wisconsin. Laura has a background in inclusive economic development and an ongoing volunteer role at the Madison affiliate of Her writing has appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals, policy reports, and neighborhood newsletters. Her current research about constructive strategies to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis and alternative ways of organizing work has been generously supported by the National Science Foundation and Corporation for National and Community Service. Learn more at